An Impossible Task:
Let's count down my favorite books of 2016!
is a book about a girl who is confined to her home, trapped by the hurt and fear of something really bad that happened to her. It broke my heart to read it, but by the end I was filled with a sense of hope and optimism. I can't recommend this book enough for its beautiful writing, its poignant characters, and its healing romance. Underwater was probably the biggest bookish surprise of the year, and I can't wait to read it again. (I reread the books I loved every couple of years, and this one is totally going on that list).
What can I say about this whole series, Shatter Me, that really did shatter me and put me back together? i read all three books compulsively, with my heart in my sleeve and my mouth hanging open. I loved the suspense, the world-building, the swoony parts, the language. The characters, and how they developed and changed. Everything. I had the most serious book-hangover of my life after finishing these books. Le sigh.
This book is a reader's paradise. It's filled with books, heart-warming scenes, lovely people and lovely imagery. But most of all, it's filled with stories about people who began with no hope and even less prospects, and managed to turn their lives around. That's why Jenny Colgan is one of my favorite authors. She always manages to make me feel as if anything is possible. Even a real-life fairytale. Oh, and the romance was yummy.
I I have nothing to say about this book except that it ruined me. It was that good. I didn't want to do anything while reading it, except keep reading. And when I finished it, I just stared at it for a day. I want to live in that world... It was the most gorgeous thing I've ever read. There are no words. Just read it.
And don't say I didn't warn you.
This fun, adventurous sci-fi book may sound like the usual high school drama plot, but it's so much more than that. It's tender and deep, and it leaves you thinking. I loved the interactions of the characters, and I can't wait to continue with the series. It was one of the most different and exciting reads of the year, not to mention one of the swooniest ones. Wink.
This was a sad book. I don't ever put sad books in my best books of the year lists, but this one made it because of the incredible writing and the important message it delivers. It's about life and death and love, and about how surviving is different than living. It's about an imaginary disease (kudos to the author for that)and about a boy and a girl who live in an asylum, trying to deal with having it. Trying to deal with the hope of a cure that may or may not come in time. It just tore my heart in two to read it, but at the same time I absolutely loved it. If you're dealing with loss and sickness, like me, this book might help.
I know it helped me.
This New Adult book, about a girl who goes to the army on a dare, and is hiding a dark, sad secret, isn't in my top 2016 books. It's in my top ALL TIME FAVORITE books. It has everything: drama, romance, action, politics, heart-wrenching moments. I can't wait to see what else this brilliant author writes.
And, of course, I'm rereading this one too.
This romantic, fantasy read, that everyone is reading, didn't have the literary value of the other books in this list, perhaps, but it was perfect escapism for me. I loved getting lost inside that world, fighting along with Emma and Julian, I loved their chemistry, and the mystery of the plot. I can't wait for the next book, and I'm hoping we get to follow these characters and see them grow even more. I just enjoyed reading this book so much.
Another hard read about eating disorders, love and life. I really liked the writing style of this book, and it was unique because it's written by a former therapist. You can read the full review on this site.
It was really interesting to read, and if you or someone in your life has ever struggled with these issues, you'll find it an enlightening experience. As did I.
Leave a comment and tell me your favorite book of 2016, I'd love to add it to my TBR! Or maybe it's one of these, and we can fangirl over it together.
Happy New Year, everyone!